Chichibu Main Line
A Chichibu Railway 7500 series EMU on the Chichibu Main Line in May 2011
Overview
Native name秩父本線
Owner Chichibu Railway
LocaleSaitama Prefecture
Termini
Stations36
Service
Depot(s)Hirosegawara
History
Opened7 October 1901
Technical
Line length71.7 km (44.6 mi)
Number of tracks1
Track gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Minimum radius149 m
Electrification1500 V DC with Overhead catenary
Operating speed85 km/h (55 mph)

The Chichibu Main Line (秩父本線, Chichibu-honsen) is a railway line in Japan, owned by the private railway operator Chichibu Railway, linking Hanyū and Mitsumineguchi, both in Saitama Prefecture.

Outside and inside a Chichibu Main Line train near Bushū-Nakagawa Station, 2019

Stations

Station No. Station name Distance (km) Local service to/from Seibu Chichibu Line Chichibuji
Express
SL Paleo Express Transfer Location
English Japanese Between
Stations
Total
CR01 Hanyū 羽生 - 0.0       Tōbu Isesaki Line Hanyū
CR02 Nishi-Hanyū 西羽生 1.2 1.2     |    
CR03 Shingō 新郷 1.4 2.6     |    
CR04 Bushū-Araki 武州荒木 2.2 4.8     |     Gyōda
CR05 Higashi-Gyōda 東行田 2.5 7.3     |    
CR06 Gyōdashi 行田市 1.0 8.3        
CR07 Mochida 持田 1.8 10.1     |    
CR08 Socio Distribution Center ソシオ流通センター 1.5 11.6     |     Kumagaya
CR09 Kumagaya 熊谷 3.3 14.9    
CR10 Kami-Kumagaya 上熊谷 0.9 15.8     | |  
CR11 Ishiwara 石原 1.2 17.0     | |  
CR12 Hirose-Yachō-no-Mori ひろせ野鳥の森 1.5 18.5     | |  
CR13 Ōasō 大麻生 1.3 20.3     | |  
CR14 Aketo 明戸 2.6 22.9     | |   Fukaya
CR15 Takekawa 武川 1.9 24.8     Chichibu Railway: Mikajiri Freight Line
CR16 Nagata 永田 2.3 27.1     | |  
CR17 Fukaya Hanazono ふかや花園 1.1 28.2      
CR18 Omaeda 小前田 2.3 30.5     | |  
CR19 Sakurazawa 桜沢 1.4 31.9     | |   Yorii, Ōsato District
CR20 Yorii 寄居 1.9 33.8     Hachikō Line
Tōbu Tōjō Line
CR21 Hagure 波久礼 3.9 37.7     |  
CR22 Higuchi 樋口 4.4 42.1     | |   Nagatoro, Chichibu District
CR23 Nogami 野上 2.6 44.7     |  
CR24 Nagatoro 長瀞 1.8 46.5    
CR25 Kami-Nagatoro 上長瀞 1.1 47.6 Through operation to Seibu-Chichibu (Seibu Chichibu Line) | |  
CR26 Oyahana 親鼻 1.6 49.2 | |   Minano, Chichibu District
CR27 Minano 皆野 1.6 50.8  
CR28 Wadō-Kuroya 和銅黒谷 2.6 53.4 | |   Chichibu
CR29 Ōnohara 大野原 3.2 56.6 | |  
CR30 Chichibu 秩父 2.4 59.0  
CR31 Ohanabatake 御花畑 0.7 59.7 Seibu Chichibu Line (Seibu-Chichibu)
CR32 Kagemori 影森 2.7 62.4 Through operation to Yokoze (Seibu Chichibu Line) |  
CR33 Urayamaguchi 浦山口 1.4 63.8 | |  
CR34 Bushū-Nakagawa 武州中川 2.4 66.2 | |  
CR35 Bushū-Hino 武州日野 1.5 67.7 | |  
CR36 Shiroku 白久 2.7 70.4 | |  
CR37 Mitsumineguchi 三峰口 1.3 71.7  
Legend

Rolling stock

As of 1 April 2016, the Chichibu Railway operates the following fleet of rolling stock on the line.[1]

Rolling stock previously used

History

The Jōbu Railway (上武鉄道) opened the section between Kumagaya and Yorii on 7 October 1901 operated by the use of steam haulage.[3] The line was extended in stages, reaching Chichibu in 1914. The line was electrified at 1,200 V DC on 15 March 1918.[3] On 1 August 1922, the Chichibu Railway acquired the Hokubu Railway (北武鉄道) operating between Hanyū and Kumagaya.[3] The line reached Mitsumineguchi in 1930.

From 1 February 1952, The line voltage was raised to 1,500 V DC.[3]

Former connecting lines

References

  1. ^ 私鉄車両編成表 2016 [Private Railway Rolling Stock Formations – 2016] (in Japanese). Japan: Kotsu Shimbunsha. 25 July 2016. p. 17. ISBN 978-4-330-70116-5.
  2. ^ 秩父鉄道「さよなら1003号貸切運転・撮影会ツアー」開催 [Chichibu Railway organizes "Farewell 1003 charter train and photographic tour"]. Tetsudō Daiya Jōhō Magazine (in Japanese). Vol. 43, no. 361. Japan: Kōtsū Shimbun. 2014. p. 74.
  3. ^ a b c d Terada, Hirokazu (19 January 2013). データブック日本の私鉄 [Databook: Japan's Private Railways]. Japan: Neko Publishing. p. 36. ISBN 978-4-7770-1336-4.
  4. ^ Terada, Hirokazu (October 2003). 私鉄廃線25年 [25 Years of Abandoned Private Railways]. Japan: JTB Can Books. pp. 52–53. ISBN 4-533-04958-3.